Over the last decade, the airline has changed the way people travel. It enters a new chapter of its maturity cemented by steady growth, enhanced passenger experience and a renewed commitment to opening up previously underserved markets.
Ghaith Al Ghaith, flydubai’s Chief Executive Officer, commented on the occasion: “flydubai has come a long way since its first flight in 2009. Our agility, our profound understanding of the evolving passenger needs and our commitment to open up previously underserved markets has enabled us to enhance our business model and product offering to become the airline we are today.”
“We were established with a mandate to provide convenient, reliable and affordable travel services with the aim to remove barriers to travel, create free flows of trade and tourism and enhance connectivity between different cultures. We remain true to that mandate and today 71 of our destinations had no or very few direct airlinks from the UAE. Serving these markets enables a population of 1.5 billion the opportunity for more convenient travel, access to an international aviation hub as well as making their countries more accessible to the world,” added Al Ghaith.
In celebration of ten years of flydubai, the airline has launched a dedicated website www.comeflydubaiwithus.com which provides a platform for all passengers to share their favourite flydubai travel memories. This website showcases the experiences that flydubai has enabled over the past ten years; whether it was passengers visiting friends and family, travelling for business or simply enjoying a well-earned holiday somewhere on the flydubai network. The airline is inviting all passengers who have travelled with flydubai to get involved and share their favourite memories. Those who participate will have the opportunity to win one of 10 pairs of return Economy Class tickets within the flydubai network.
“As we are celebrate our 10th anniversary this year, I would like to look back at some of our key achievements and acknowledge the hard work and efforts of our extremely committed and reliable team here at flydubai. The growth and success of our airline wouldn’t have been possible without them,” continued Al Ghaith.
Since commencing operations, flydubai has created a network of more than 90 destinations in 47 countries across Africa (12 points), Central Asia and the Caucasus (10 points), Europe (27 points), the GCC and the Middle East (26 points), and the Indian Subcontinent (18 points).
More than 70 million passengers have chosen to flydubai since it launched and there have been a number of milestones since its inception in 2009: from introducing Inflight entertainment to its fleet in 2010 to Business Class in 2013, placing three aircraft orders and most recently announced an extensive codeshare partnership with Emirates.
During ATM, flydubai hosted more than 500 travel agents from around its expanding network to thank them for their support over the years.
From its home in Dubai, flydubai has created a network of more than 90 destinations and over the next decade the airline will see its fleet grow by up to 237 aircraft. Since commencing operations in June 2009, flydubai has been committed to removing barriers to travel, creating free flows of trade and tourism and enhancing connectivity between different cultures across its ever-expanding network.
flydubai has marked its journey with a number of milestones that represent the scale of the ambition planned for the airline:
- An expanding network: Created a network of more than 90 destinations in 47 countries across Africa, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Central and South-East Europe, the GCC and the Middle East, and the Indian Subcontinent.
- Serving underserved markets: Opened up more than 71 new routes that did not previously have direct air links to Dubai or were not served by a UAE national carrier from Dubai.
- An efficient single fleet-type: Operates a single fleet-type of 59 aircraft including Boeing 737 MAX 8, MAX 9 and Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
- Record-breaking orders: Placed the largest single-aisle aircraft orders in the region at the 2013 and 2017 editions of the Dubai Airshow.
- Enhancing connectivity: Carried more than 70 million passengers since it began operations in 2009.
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